In this file photo, the JTF-NCR offers free ride for young commuters during an event that was organized by the AFP. The same type of vehicles were deployed to haul stranded commuters during the protest rally staged by transport groups early morning today. (7CRG Photo)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City-- The Joint Task Force-NCR has deployed 9 military trucks to provide free transport services for stranded commuters in Metro Manila starting at 7:00am today.
Brigadier General Manuel Gonzales, the Commander of JTF NCR said that the vehicles were dispatched to support the MMDA after learning that transport groups were planning to hold a strike to protest the government's higher penalties against 'colorum' vehicles.
"We are doing this in the spirit of Bayanihan. We are the reliable partners in delivering services to the people,"said Gonzales.
Lt Col Harold Cabunoc, the Commander of the 7th Civil Relations Group said that 9 military trucks were deployed to serve the routes such as Trinoma-Monumento, Quezon Avenue-Litex and Trinoma-Pasay.
"We are saddened that thousands of people are adversely affected by the striking transport groups. We could not allow our kababayans to lose part of their income by being late in their respective jobs so the'Libreng Sakay' service is provided to augment the transport assets of MMDA," Cabunoc said.
Cabunoc also said that the 'Libreng Sakay' has so far benefited at least 500 commuters and has continued as of press time.
The Joint Task Force-NCR is the military unit that is tasked to secure the government's seat of power. It is also heavily involved in conducting community services around the metropolis.